Here we go again.
Stirring up "birther" controversy yet again, Maricopa County (Ariz.) Sheriff Joe Arpaio said he suspects the President Obama's birth certificate released last year is fake.
Armed with a 10-page report he personally commissioned, Arpaio said he suspects Obama's long form birth certificate is merely a “computer-generated forgery.”
Arpaio also raised questions about the authenticity of the president’s selective service registration card. He said he would like Congress to investigate the matter.
“Based on all of the evidence presented and investigated, I cannot in good faith report to you that these documents are authentic,” Sheriff Arpaio said last week.
“My investigators believe the long-form birth certificate was manufactured electronically and that it did not originate in paper format as claimed by the White House.”
Arpaio repeatedly said he is not questioning Obama's legal status under the Constitution nor alleging fraud on Obama’s part, but did say there is evidence of crimes.
The controversial lawman believes someone close to the president has tampered with or forged documents and he is required to investigate under Arizona law.
Fact-checking groups have concluded the certificates are authentic, of course, and Obama has even joked about the sideshow that has followed his presidency.At last year’s White House Correspondents Association Dinner, he ridiculed Donald Trump, who had said that his own investigators were looking into the matter.
But Sheriff Arpaio, who built a national profile by creating tent cities for jail inmates and by taking a tough stance on immigration, could reignite the controversy.
Last December, the Justice Department accused Arpaio of civil rights abuses, sparking debate over whether his latest "birther" crusade is politically motivated.
Arpaid said he began his investigation before that - in August 2011 - after tea party members from Surprise, Ariz., signed a petition challenging the certificate.
Joe Arpaio has a history of launching investigations of his enemies, however, be they journalists, judges, Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, you name it.
For years, notes the Tucson Citizen (a vocal Obama critic, no less), if you criticized Joe Arpaio, you'd soon be staring down often baseless criminal investigations.
Is President Obama a natural-born U.S. citizen?